A BRIGHT new chapter has opened in the long and distinguished history of a Buxton theatre group.
Many had feared it was curtains for the REC Theatre Company - a theatrical force in the town for decades - after it looked set to fold over the summer.
But two Buxton residents have stepped in to keep the town institution alive, and a relaunched REC Youth Theatre Company returned to its usual stomping ground, the Burbage Institute, this month.
The new cast of Jason Hudson and Kitty Randle, both with a wealth of experience in theatre and performance, will run weekly groups for young people between the ages of ten and 19 on a not-for-profit basis.
Jason, who teaches drama at Aquinas College in Stockport, said: “We were very keen to keep the company going after so many years. We have some exciting ideas for projects, running skills workshops and directing performances throughout the year.”
Jason co-ran North Face Theatre Company with graduates and professional actors for a number of years, and more recently set-up a youth theatre company at Aquinas and directed Ionesco’s ‘The Bald Prima Donna’ at the 2012 Buxton Festival Fringe, which was a winner of three awards.
And he says he enjoys the process of working with young people to make theatre: “I think it’s very rewarding to see young people develop their skills, build confidence and self-awareness and produce some interesting, creative work.”
Kitty, a trained actor and movement specialist/choreographer, also teaches at Aquinas. She runs drama and movement classes for young people.
Her acting credits include working with Buxton-based theatre company Babbling Vagabonds, and she is also an associate and movement director for Moving Stories Theatre Company.
On the relaunch of the REC Youth Theatre Company, Kitty said: “Hopefully it will help keep alive this fantastic company and bring new members.”
REC is operating two groups which meet at the Burbage Institute on Saturdays during term-time. The first one, for ages ten to 15, meets from 10am to 11.30am, followed by a group for ages 15 to 19 between 11.30am and 1pm.
They also plan to launch a group for seven to nine-year-olds.
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